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Understanding The Hindu Temple: History, Symbols And Forms

Tiziana Lorenzetti
Understanding The Hindu Temple:  History, Symbols And Forms
Studies in Asian Art and Culture Volume 2, Julia A. B. Hegewald, ed.
EB-Verlag, Berlin, 2015.
ISBN: 978-3-86893-164-8

This excellent and fundamental study by Dr. Tiziana Lorenzetti visualises the enormous complexities surrounding the Hindu temple, provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking introduction to the diverse aspects shaping the sacred architecture of the Hindus and offers the reader a key with which to unlock the problems of interpreting the statues and great sacred temple monuments of India.

Jaina Painting and Manuscript Culture: In Memory of Paolo Pianarosa

Julia A. B. Hegewald, ed.
Jaina Painting and Manuscript Culture: In Memory of Paolo Pianarosa
Studies in Asian Art and Culture Volume 3.
EB-Verlag, Berlin, 2015.
ISBN: 978-3-86893-174-7

This volume commemorates the Jaina scholar and book collector Paolo Pianarosa (1949–2010) from Turin. The collection of twelve chapters presents new research on Jaina manuscript culture. It introduces the reader to so far unpublished palm leaf and paper manuscripts, miniature paintings, cosmological and large-scale pilgrimage banners, printed texts and maps. These come from private, museum and library collections and are introduced by expert authors who are based at a number of renowned international institutions. Scripture represents the word and the formalised teachings of the fordmakers. Therefore, texts are kept in religious libraries and are treated with the same respect as consecrated statues. Because of their religious significance many have been elaborately decorated. Painted panels have been integrated between text blocks and the book covers have been adorned with colourful images.

Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990

Sonal Khullar
Worldly Affiliations:  Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930–1990
University of California Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-520-28367-1

The purpose of art, the Paris-trained artist Amrita Sher-Gil wrote in 1936, is to “create the forms of the future” by “draw[ing] its inspiration from the present.” Through art, new worlds can be imagined into existence as artists cultivate forms of belonging and networks of association that oppose colonialist and nationalist norms. Drawing on Edward Said’s notion of “affiliation” as a critical and cultural imperative against empire and nation-state, Worldly Affiliations traces the emergence of a national art world in twentieth-century India and emphasizes its cosmopolitan ambitions and orientations. Sonal Khullar focuses on four major Indian artists—Sher-Gil, Maqbool Fida Husain, K. G. Subramanyan, and Bhupen Khakhar—situating their careers within national and global histories of modernism and modernity.

In the Shadow of the Golden Age: Art and Identity in Asia from Gandhara to the Modern Age

Julia A. B. Hegewald, ed.
In the Shadow of the Golden Age: Art and Identity in Asia from Gandhara to the Modern Age
Studies in Asian Art and Culture Volume 1.
EB-Verlag, Berlin, 2014.
ISBN: 978-3-86893-149-5

This volume examines and debates the validity and usefulness of the concept of the golden age when investigating, structuring and categorising Asian and Islamic art. The book contains contributions from fifteen renowned international specialists in the visual arts and humanities working on material from a wide range of periods and regions throughout Asia and the Islamic world.

Evo ṣuyadi: Essays in Honor of Richard Salomon’s 65th Birthday (Bulletin of the Asia Institute 23) (2)

Evo ṣuyadi: Essays in Honor of Richard Salomon’s 65th Birthday
Bulletin of the Asia Institute 23 (2013)

Edited by Carol Altman Bromberg, Timothy J. Lenz, and Jason Neelis
Foreword by Timothy Lenz, Jason Neelis, and Andrew Glass

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